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A typeface for the adult dyslexic reader, PhD doctoral thesis by Robert Hillier, Anglia Ruskin University, 2006. View PDF (268 pages).

Topics and areas covered:

  • Various developmental testing and trial typefaces.
  • A review of typographic dyslexia literature.
  • Testing results with people.
  • Typographic design variables.
  • Specific dyslexic typographic issues.
Front cover image of the title page of the PhD ‘A typeface for the adult dyslexic reader’ in large black capital letter, with R.A. Hillier below

See and download Sylexiad Serif and Sylexiad Sans the typefaces produced from this research.


Sylexiad. A typeface for the adult dyslexic reader, The Journal of Writing in Creative Practice, Volume 1, Number 3, 1 December 2008, Intellect Books. View PDF.

Front cover of the journal, shows the title in large black letter on the left, then a colour photo to the right showing pens and pencils

Graphics lecturer featured as part of the MadeAtUni ‘helping people enjoy life’ campaign, Norwich University of the Arts Research website. View webpage.

Screengrab of the webpage, shows purple background colour, title in large thin purple letters, typical body text and a photograph below with Robert at a desk

Research impact. Selected examples of the impact of NUA research on society, culture and the economy. Sylexiad. Norwich University of the Arts Research website. View webpage.

Norwich University of the Arts webpage screengrab, shows bright pink and purple photo of people dancing at the top, with standard body text article below in dark purple typeface

Rob Hillier, Norwich University of the Arts – The Sylexiad typeface, Academic Minute podcast, 13 February 2015. View webpage and here is the direct link to download the MP3.

The Academic Minute logo, shows a red mortarboard icon at the top, the ‘THE ACADEMIC MINUTE A WAMC NATIONAL PRODUCTION’ in large red capital letter below

Sylexiad featured in Measuring the performance of typefaces for users (part 2), Thomas Bohm, Smashing Magazine, 10 June 2022. View webpage.

Webpage screengrab of the article on the Smashing Magazine website, shows a red navigation bar at the top, then a typical article webpage below with a large main heading 1 and then body text below papers and research. View webpage. logo, shows the word 'Academia' in large black capital letters